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S. Korea warns North will face pitiless costs for any provocations

2015/08/10 10:32

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) -- With North Korea found to be behind the bloody mine explosion in the demilitarized zone last week, South Korea warned Monday that North Korea will be forced to pay "equally pitiless" costs for any military provocations.

"As previously warned on many occasions, our military will make North Korea pay the equally pitiless penalty for their provocations," the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a warning statement to the communist country.

The South Korean military sternly urged the North to apologize and punish those who are responsible for the mine explosion, JCS said in the statement.

The mine blasts took place on the morning of Aug. 4 on the southern side of the DMZ near the city of Paju, Gyeonggi Province, while eight South Korean Army troops carried out a regular scouting mission there. The explosion severed the legs of two staff sergeants.

A South Korean investigation has found that three North Korean wooden-box mines were the cause of the blast, a provocation intended to derail the joint Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise scheduled for next week between Seoul and Washington.

North Korean soldiers are believed to have crossed the military demarcation line to secretly lay the mines around a South Korean military-guarded door that opens to the DMZ possibly late last month, the South Korean military said.

"This provocation is a clear violation of the armistice agreement and the non-aggression agreements between the South and the North," JCS said, denouncing what it called a "nasty behavior," that is unthinkable for any normal military.

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